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. and the house oversight committee and investigating whether obama care man date are a product of government overreach. >> and how significant could it be that families show up on new year's day in the hospital needing a life- saving prescription and find that what they sign up didn't make it all the way through the process and they department have the coverage. how concerned should they be. >> i can't escape the notion the entirity of the affordable care act was solid on deception. consequences are becoming more evident every day. >> yesterday i logged in to the dc exchange where members of congress must go. we don't have as a front end or back end. in the federal system but systems that feed into it, and in fact, ready. >> last comments from darril issa, republican out of california who is with me now. that hearing is over. and what dow think today? >> one of the things we learned even when the obama care website works properly. we are still going to have the market distortions. republican and democrats and selected witnesses made it clear that the market distortions through the government
-span. >> president obama's use of power related to the health care law. immigration policies and drug laws. coverage ofour live the hearing starting at 10:00 c-span 2.rn on are you walk in, there tables in front with lots of pamphlets, prior to entering the gun show. temperature pamphlet is how the take ment is trying to away the right to own guns, obama is doing that and obama is that and obama care is awful. talk to them. they said, who are you? i'm an academic, a researcher. research about these organizations and ideas. i study men who believe this stuff. and a bunch of them said -- they looked at me suspiciously and and i said, tions look here's what i am. don't get it. but here's my job. i want to understand how you see the world. i want to understand your world view. you will not convince me. you.l not convince that's the table. i want to understand why you think the way you do. downward mobility, racial and gender equality. "angry white men," sunday night 9:00 on "after words" part of c-span 2. > vice president biden is in asia this week. his trip comes eight days after would required it all
obama. chris hayes is up next. >>> president obama comes here tomorrow. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. i got the christmas eve excitement brewing here at hard balance, because tomorrow at precisely this time, the president of the united states is going to join us on "hardball." it's going to be a serious night of questions, certainly for me, questions about executive management methods and the health care rollout, voter suppression across the country and war and peace questions. how we can avert war with iran. we've been hitting these issues on "hardball." i'm hoping the president will be responsive to the concerns that you and i certainly share and the hopes that we have for this country for the next three years. unfortunately, america's still being assaulted by the bizarre benghazi tactics or that he's an illegal alien who shouldn't have been elected in the first place and should be deported to east africa or somewhere more distant. we have a wild and wooly right wing out there that cares nothing about facts, only the need to strike a blow f
president obama on the passing of nelson mandela. our coverage continues throughout the evening and again on www.nbcwashington.com. >>> new at 5:00, tonight, we are hearing from one of the world's richest women who caused a deadly crash in northern virginia. >> 74-year-old jacqueline mars, co-owner of mars candy company pleaded guilty to reckless driving. julie carey reports it was the victim's relatives who spared mars from going to prison. >> reporter: these photos show the horrifying aftermath of what prosecutors say was a tragic accident on the afternoon of october 4th. a porsche suv crossed the center line of route 50 and struck a van carrying a family from texas who had come for a wedding. a van passenger, 86-year-old was killed instantly and the van's driver who was eight months pregnant lost her baby. today, inside a courtroom, that family asked for mercy for jacqueline mars. >> what we saw here today was the great moment in human forgiveness and compassion. >>reporter: news 4 reported mars told a rescuer she had fallen asleep at the wheel. she was not under the influence of drugs
ranging conversation with president obama, his frustration and disappointment with congress, hills hope in the young people, political leaders of the future. we will talk about that later. progressive leaders are pushing back, fighting back against voices that want them to give in on things like cutting social security and medicare. there is no mistaking that this week. finally, we want everyone to know our weekly current events quiz show "up against the clock," moving to the second hour of our show. keep an hour out for that. new time clock. same '70s game show schmaltz we gen with this story of how this indelible image of nelson mandela being released from prison after three decades in captivity came about. president mandela is being rightly memorialized for his service to his country and advancing the cause of freedom around the world, the difficult period the long period the maddening political struggle leading up to his release is the story that is not as widely told. part of it that i want to focus on this morning is the political debate that was taking place here in the u.s., wha
at the landscape and they say, well, who has anything to offer? what are people offering me? so they look at obama and say you haven't done a great job in the past couple of years with respect to my situation. >> earlier i got a chance to speak to chris matthews about his interview coming up and i asked him what he thought he would hear first from the president. >> the president will come with a purpose and let him meet that purpose first off the bat and he will appeal to the people in that audience to be grown-ups and to get engaged with the health care system and take responsibility for their own health even though they're young and healthy at this point. i think he'll have to make a pitch like that and he'll have to deal with the nsa story that's out in the post dealing with surveillance. let him do that because that's why he's coming to do this and then get into questions that i want to get into, with executive management and political dysfunction in this country that we talk about all of the time in the program and get into some easier questions, for example, voter suppression efforts by the
you're okay. we put the picture up. a good friend said obama care tn contest. people said obama care, you better cover this. "morning joe" starts right now. ♪ >>> 113th congress is going to go down as the least productive in our american history. >> 55 bills have been signed into law. this is the least productive congress ever. >> the least productive congress in the history of the american penn. >> it's literally a do nothing congress. >> that's not fair. they are doing something. they are getting into the guinness book of world records and that's twice if you count john boehner's fingernails. >> good morning it's thursday, december 5th. the tree lit up last night. that was quite an event. wasn't it? >> kate and jack were watching last night. very exciting. >> good night. >> for a tree that they senselessly slaughtered. >> welcome to the show. we got contributor mike barnacle, also dragged involuntarily from his family. katty kay. and senior political editor for the white house and white house correspondent for "huffington post," sam stein. and katy, quite a bit of news today. >>
with immigration reform. the day after thanksgiving, president obama and first lady michelle obama went to visit him and the activities on the national mall where they had been without food for 20 days. he said he supported their cause, he believed it was not a matter of if but when, they would finally take a vote on immigration, but he also voiced concern for the health of the people that had been fasting for so long. he suggested they take a break for their own health, let somebody else fast next. today, he did that after 22 days without food, he broke his fast. he passed it on to senator robert kennedy's grandson, congressman joe kennedy of massachusetts. he will join with the others in fasting for 24 hours and he will pass it on to others. this is part of an emotional and the house to take on immigration reform. this is erica who came here from mexico when she was a child. she was on the cover of "time" magazine. earlier this year her mother and brother were taken from their home at 9:00 p.m. during a night raid. she posted this video online the night that it happened. an activist asked peop
. revisiting the theme of economic fairness and fair shake for american worker, this weekend president obama urged congress to extend these benefits. >> these are people we know. they are our friends and our neighbors. they sit next to us in church and volunteer in our communities. their kids play with our kids. they include 20,000 veterans who serve this country with honor. >> but reminding them of the american social compact hasn't lately been enough to sway republicans and certainly doesn't seem to be doing so now. appearing on abc, gop senator rob portman acted as if helping unemployed was some kind of strange exotic government activity that didn't belong in normal funding discussions. >> $25 billion no one was talking about until the last week, so it's an additional cost within this budget agreement. i think the thought was this would be handled separately. >> but as usual on the subject of fairness, no republican can out-republican kentucky senator rand paul. >> i do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks they are paid for. if you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to t
the benefits of obama care. the president heads off this fresh offensive with a speech planned for 2:30 p.m. eastern surrounded by americans who have been helped by the health care law. just announced this morning, this thursday, msnbc "hardball" host chris matthews will have a sitdown with president obama joined by students from american universities. the so-called young invincibles that the white house needs to reach. each and every day between now and december the 23rd, the administration and congressional democrats will hold an event touting a different positive aspect of the health care law, just like those advent calendars so many of us are using this time of year. seems familiar, right? the ones where every day of the month you pop open another door and reveal something special inside? three years after he signed the affordable care act into law, two months after the botched rollout of the health care website, the administration hopes a three-week campaign will remind all americans why they're doing this in the first place. >> how hard of a slog is it going to be for the white hous
of obama care, right, and who famously, the citizens of kentucky have reaped the benefit. kentucky now leads the nation in new sign-ups for health insurance, and that would be huge anywhere. it is a particularly huge deal for a state whose population is as unhealthful as kentucky's is. i don't mean any offense by it, but kentucky's population ranks at the bottom or toward the bottom of the nation's health ratings in lots and lots and lots of different categories, and kentucky has a lot of uninsured people. and it's the exact same deal two states over in mississippi, but in these two states, in the same part of the country, with the same health problems in their populations and a lot of the same challenges, one of them, kentucky, is now best in the nation in terms of people getting health insurance, and one of them, mississippi, is now worst in the nation, and not because they wouldn't know how to fix their problem. they knew how to fix their problem, but they stopped fixing it. mississippi has enrolled a smaller percentage of its population than any other state in the nation. they do n
. >>> good evening from new york, i'm chris hayes. today the president was out officially selling obama care for the first time since the relaunch of healthcare.gov and he was defiant in the face of his critics. >> some are rooting for this law to fail. i will work with anybody to implement an approve this law effectively. if you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want everybody to know that. >> across the country in california, state republicans stooped to a new low to sabotage the law. >>> it's called cover california, and the administrators say it could set the stage for the rest of the country. >> on the left coast, the launch of the state exchange covered california wents pretty well. it reports it is signing up 2,700 people a day. that's good news for golden staters who need health insurance. bad news for republicans who are determined to undermine the affordable care act. enter connie conway. it is billed as a california resource guide and it looks like any generic health care website. it has something for everyone, if y
are trying to recycle back into the economy? on saturday, president obama called out republicans for targeting americans in need. >> it shouldn't be a partisan issue. for decades, congress has voted to offer relief to job seekers. including when the unemployment rate was lower than it is today. but now that economic lifeline is in jeopardy. all because republicans in this congress, which is on track to be be the most unproddive in history, have so far refused to extend it. >> well, i have to give credit to the republicans here. they have the country responding to and talking about the three things i've just pointed out when we have had 40, what, 5, 6 months of private sector oh job growth. when we have added 7 million jobs since president obama inherited the great recession. now that we've got unemployment down, according to the bureau of labor statistics, 7%, arguably, still in double digits. and they've got us believing that we're just not doing -- well, actually, we're doing too much for those who are in need. the president is talking about republicans like rand paul, from ken
the house alive when they begin work today at 2:00 eastern. president obama working at the white house this afternoon. he will deliver remarks about world aids take. that, in just under half an hour, we will hear from judy relationsn u.s.-china regarding climate change policies. she is speaking at the center for american progress. that is live at 10:00 30 eastern. -- governoridate dannel malloy is in washington talking about the achievement cap in the country. on august 9, 1974, vice president ford was sworn in as president of the united states. this is the dress that mrs. ford was wearing in the swearing-in ceremony. she was less than excited about becoming first lady, but president ford encouraged her. she said, if i am going to do this, i'm going to have fun doing this. within 10 days, she had a state dinner toceremony. she entertain king hussein of jordan. she hit the ground running as first lady. ford.st lady betty coming up, epa genome mccarthy will be talking about u.s.-china relations. until then, a recent white house policy initiative and how it is impacting the president's he
we got. >> i want to do obama care, alex, why don't you want to do it? >> do it. here, you got good news on obama care. we got 70 years before the next story comes. >> it's next. the rebought of obama care comes as the president will talk about the benefit of this health care law. yesterday, president obama defended the affordable care act and suggested if republicans have better ideas they should bring them to the stable. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will get started with the exchanges, with the marketplaces, so we're not going to walk away from it. if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i will do. i have always said, i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want to make that clear. >> you know, if what the president said is introduce. then that's a marked change since the first time the health care law went through. the republicans had scores of amendments that harry reid killed. never
does it mean for the obama website which officials say very little security was built in. >> it's not a website that's highly secure and hackers are flocking to it to take krang of security risks that have still there. stuart, first let's talk about the hack of the social media sites. what do we know about it? >> reporter: 2 million password stolen. twitter, fan *, gmail. but pass words can be changed. i imagine many people right now are changing password. that's in strong contrast to the kind of information that's available if you hacked into your account on the obamacare website. that's intensely personal information, it cannot be changed. it's your identity. and that's out there available for hacking. >> this is global. and i believe this attack took place in the netherlands. >> reporter: this morning mike rogers who is looking at the security of the obamacare website, that's a separate issue. he says that website has been attacked by national governments overseas, and by criminal organizations overseas. he says shut it down because you are not guaranteeing the privacy and se
of governance. >> the challenges with the obama care role out continue, california is making headway. >> since october 1st, about 80,000 people have enrolled in private insurance through the state's exchange. meanwhile, california republicans have been reduced to creating prank websites to prey upon their own constituents desperately seeks out information about health insurance. >> we reached out to all of the members of the assembly and state signal. two california republicans agreed to come on the show and logistics on in the way. joining me now is karen bass. she knows her way around the state's politics. i'm amazed this existed. this is one of those rare times when a headline captured how truly ridiculous a story was. can you believe they did this? >> you know what, this is exactly as you described it, an incredibly new low. but i think that it is an example of desperation. in california, you know that the state is 100% behind covered california in making sure that the affordable care act is implemented. for them to lower themselves to this level i'm shocked, and i'm shocked at the republi
are considering when it comes to labeling the foods for consumers. president obama and secretary of state john kerry will address issues concerning the middle east at the brookings institution. look to c-span for information. journal andeet others say patty murray wants to include an extension of unemployment benefits in the deal being hashed out by republican conferees. unemployment now at seven percent. jobs were over 200,000 created in november. the decline of optimism, some economists say. we want to get your thoughts on the unemployment number and if you are optimistic about the job market. if you are under 30 -- reach out to us on social media, @cspanwj is how you do that on twitter. journal@c-span.org is our email. to read you the headline from "the pittsburgh post-gazette post quote -- -- post-gazette" -- optimism is the subject of today's opinion pages of "the wall street journal:." again, your thoughts on the economy, especially in light of these new numbers, with the federal unemployment rate at seven percent. in.ere is how you can call we divided the lines differently. if you are u
what do you see as the difference between how the bush administration and the obama administration approach the war on terror. >> right. , i mean, i think first of all it's great to be with you here on c-span and booktv. the bush with administration, i don't want to understate how atrocious i think that period was in american foreign policy. it really was like murder incorporated. the destruction of iraq, the creation of the cia black sites, the idea that the geneva convention was -- [inaudible] the abu ghraib torture, using guantanamo, you could go on and on in characterizing it. so i don't want to get into a thing about is obama worse than bush. i covered those wars, i know what happened. under president obama i think what we have is someone who has sort of rebranded some of the more egregious aspects of the bush-cheney counterterror apparatus and i think has convinced himself that they're waging a smarter war. so they're relying on the drones much more than the bush administration did, using small team of coovert operators to conduct either kill or capture, and because guantanam
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: president obama was out touting the benefits of the affordable care act today in the latest bid to move past the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. also ahead, the biggest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history gets the green light. a judge ruled detroit can shed billions in debt and reduce public pensions while overhauling its finances. >> woodruff: and tensions are rising in asia, where vice president biden voiced support for japan as it feuds with china over islands and airspace. >> we, the united states, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. >> those are just some of the stories we are covering on tonight's pbs news hours. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. >> and with th
a month. don't go changing, billy. >>> coming up, the obama care fix that isn't really a fix. but first, as the anniversary of the newtown shooting approach, america still doesn't have any america still doesn't have any gun laws for fighting violence. , you can use splenda® no calorie sweetener. splenda® lets you experience the joy of sugar without all the calories. think sugar, say splenda™ without all the calories. 1111 >>> nearly one year ago, 20 gunned down were 6 and 7-year-old children. this was a red line by anybody's account. these were babies. this was a biblical slaughter of innocence. >> it appeared this would be a turning point in the gun reform debates. >> i will use all the powers of this office to help advance from preventing any more like this. we won't prevent them all but that can't be an excuse not to try. ultimate if this effort is going to succeed it's going to retire the help of the american people. >> one year later nothing has changed politically but it's hardly been business as usual in the gun industry. in the wake of future sored. it was a topic we made su
. and for the last half decade, this week is the fifth anniversary of the winning of the president i by barack obama -- presidency by barack obama. barack obama and the rise of a new kind, a new, more ambitious and i might even say radical kind of american liberalism. regarding the '80s, i think the one column that sort of captures it the best is the one in which bill clinton says during his presidency when we look back on that era -- he meant the cold war era -- and and we long for a, i made a crack the other day. i said, gosh, i miss the cold war. it was a joke. i mean, i didn't want really miss it, but you get the joke. and the point was that we had this myth created after conservativism in the decade over the '80s, utterly destroyed and undid what was left of the soviet empire of commune ill. this myth -- communism. this myth that there was a great national consensus on how to confront the soviets. now, there was in the '50s and the '60s, but it dissolved after the vietnam era. and there was a great division in the country. and the '80s were distinguished by the fact that there was a total break
push to focus positive attention on obama care. >> more than a website. >> touting the improvements made to the site. >> that's what you'll hear from president obama today. >> the website is working well for the vast majority of users. >> it's not just a broken website. >> it's plagued with problems. >> this bill is fundamentally flawed. >> we're not going back. >> republicans have to answer for the lack of a plan. >> you got good ideas, bring them to me. >> we'll see. >> cricket, if you will. >> they are advocated for underinsurance. >> what's needed in the house is leadership. >> he presides over the least productive congress. >> the house continues to do its job. >> since world war ii. >> we've done our work. >> really? >> the american people want to pick their own type of health insurance. >> i'm absolute lay being offered competitive plans with what i have. >> more problems may pop up. when they, do we'll fix those too. >> the problems have made it very difficult. they're working on it. >> after all that, the white house finally appear said comfortable enough. >> we're saying i
obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was especially inspired is american president, barack obama, who shared his reaction a few moments ago to the
. colombian president juan manuel santos was in washington this week for talks with president obama. he spoke at the national press club about his country's free- trade agreement with the u.s., the war on drugs, and peace talks with colombian rebels. this is one hour. >> good afternoon and welcome to the national press club. i am a reporter for bloomberg news and the 106 president of the national press club. we are the world's leading professional organization for journalists. we are committed to the future of our profession with programming such as this. we want to foster a free press worldwide. for more information, please visit our website at www.press.org. on behalf of our members worldwide, i would like to welcome our speaker and those of you in our audience today. if you hear applause, i would note that members of the general public are also attending. it is not a lack of evidence of journalistic objectivity. i would like to welcome our c- span public radio audiences. you can follow the action on npclunch.sing the # we will have a question and answer session and i will ask as many quest
website and claims from the obama administration the site is now working for a majority of americans, a nasty surprise may be in store for some of those americans trying to get insurance. turns out a long list of till unresolved problems means some people who thought they signed up for insurance may not actually be covered come january 1st. joining me monica crowley, fox news contributor, to talk about the political impact of all of this. you know the website issue was very visible, right? you try to log on, you can't do it. this is a different type of problem. it is not as easily seen and it is delayed. so how big of an impact is it going to be if it does happen? >> when the website launched on october 1st there were two huge problems we knew about. i'm sure there were more problems we didn't know about but two big ones we knew about right away. the first was the front end, what the consumer saw. they couldn't even log on. there was a lot of frustration people said i would like to get into the exchanges, i can't even log on, i'm being timed out, i'm losing my information. they said
obama and the first lady are in route to south africa where nearly 90 world leaders are expected to attend tomorrow's memorial service for nelson mandela. also on air force one, former president george w. bush, his wife laura and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. the only living president not able to attend george h.w. bush, at 89 can no longer travel such a long distance. it will be held in soweto where nelson mandela made his final public appearance in 2010. ron, you have half of the world's leaders gathering, that stadium seats 95,000. it is an open air and presented significant challenges security wise. >> reporter: yes, there's perhaps not been an event like this ever, dare i say, the most comparable is the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005 where there was 3 million people and 75 or 80 world leaders who attended. this is going to be an amazing day tomorrow. there's a lot of anticipation already. behind me you can hear people in the streets here still singing and dancing and sell bragt the l
. after nearly two months of harsh criticism the obama administration said healthcare.gov website took a giant step forward and ready for the next big test and al jaze a jazeera's and erica is live. >> the obama administration met the deadline and the site works more than 90% of the time and up from 40% when it was launched two months ago. >> the bottom line healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well
. >> someone who is clearly rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed. the newest member of the obama family showing too much puppy love in the white house. >>> and next half hour, don't forget about the morning glass of orange juice. how about taking a shower with it? it is the latest health trend. the vitamin c shower. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues af ♪ >> classic. love that song. >> even in the barking fashion. >> yep. >> what do you get when you mix jingle bell holiday spirit with a bouncing new puppy. >> at the white house it wasn't canine carolling but it added to the festivities. the first lady kicked off the holiday season at the executive mansion. and of course anything involving a puppy usually makes it "our favorite story of the day." here's mary bruce. >> reporter: someone maybe a little too excited for the holidays. sunny, the newest member of the obama family, joined the first lady and children for holiday cheer. bounding with excitement, her first christmas at the white house. she got too rambunctious for this toddler. with a hand from m
. obama. >> guest: where do you live? >> caller: georgia. >> host: have you been to warm springs, georgia. >> host: yes. >> guest: i'm impressed. >> host: thank you so much for the call. it was about the campaign. >> guest: she felt badly. people remember it. you know, he lost his voice at the very end of the campaign, and it was left to the first lady, another first, i think, to read the concession statement and telegram of congratulations that had been sent to president-elect carter. at the same time, you know, she wouldn't miss life in politics. he had promised her long before watergate that they were going to retire in 1976. once he concluded he would not be speaker of the house, she had exacted a promise that after 1976, they would leave washington, go back to grand rapids, practice law, had no money, make a little bit of money for the kids and so on, and intervening events played havoc with that, but they left washington to go to another destination. >> host: we talked about the struggles with alcohol when he was in the house of representatives. here's what she wrote about this in t
or later matter at this point in the game? >>> countdown to a budget deal. the future of obama care, we'll put the topics on the table for senator ron johnson of wisconsin who will be visiting us in studio today. >>> "squawk" goes shopping. we're going to find out if more consumers are starting to hit the mall. "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning. welcome back to "squawk box." i'm andrew ross sorkin along with becky quick and joe kernan. the new american airlines group begins trading today under the the tickle -- ticker -- >> tickle? >> tickle me elmo. the merger between american airlines -- >> that's freudian. i'm going to come over and tickle you. >> closes this morning after a last-ditch appeal by consumer groups to delay the deal was denied by the supreme court. i'm sorry about that one. and the ceo of the combined airline, doug parker's going to join us next hour right here on "squawk box." and we're going to talk to him all about this tickling deal. >>> dow component mcdonald's will be a stock to watch. reporting november sales in about an hour from now. analysts survey
barack obama's policies have made things worse. if we want to make that argument we can make that argument. but it's harder for us. it does not help us, i don't think with swing voters to say we'll do you guys a favor and cut off all your unemployment benefits. >> i don't think that helps. i'm just thinking it doesn't. >> it's not a good message. steve, your first chart on the minimum wage is 7.25 right now. let's say you get 40 hours a week, 52 weeks that comes to $15,000 a year which puts you below the poverty line. >> one of the ways people are pushing back on this perfect storm against people at the bottom is by focusing on the minimum wage. the minimum wage is $7.25 as you see here on this chart. which is not oddly enough the lowest. these are all inflation adjusted. they go back to the 1960s. in the 1960s it was $9.50. went down in the '80s. oddly enough it was president bush's administration that pushed a three step increase that took it back up to $7.25. it's been declining in real terms since then. but because of what we've been talking about there's an enormous push
. mr. jones: mr. speaker, during the thanksgiving break, i wrote a letter to president obama, which i like to ask unanimous consent to submit for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones: the letter respectfully reminded the president that president karzai continues to thumb his nose in the eyes of the american taxpayer. we have seen many news articles reporting karzai refusal to sign bilateral strategic agreement that this administration has proposed, an agreement that would obligate united states money and united states troops for at least 10 more years in afghanistan. in an associated press article printed in my state paper tiled "afghanistan president delays deal," the subtitle goes on to read, "u.s. says it will pull out troops if security agreement isn't signed." mr. speaker, it is my hope that the house will encourage the president to pull our troops out and stop spending money we do not have in a country that does not even want our help. furthermore, it's my hope that the house and senate leadership will in 2014 allow congress to vote on this issue of
conversation that's likely to be happening in the future. >> kristen dahlgren, thank you so much. the obama administration says healthcare.gov is in stable condition working more than 90% of the time. does that mean a clean bill of health for obama care. deputy senior adviser from the white house joins me from the north lawn. david, thank you very much. you set a fairly low bar, this vague working for majority that want to sign on and 50,000 could be served at one time, 800,000 in a day. is that good enough? what's the next step? >> so andrea, as you know, this is going to be a process of continuous improvement. compared to where we were in early october as jeff said yesterday it is night and day to the point we can handle a certain number of concurrent users. we're monitoring to make sure the system is stable, the response times are good, the error rates are continuously going down. we've set up a queueing system for those instances where there's overwhelming volume on the system to better manage the flow. we've set up anonymous shopping right on the home page of healthcare.gov so people c
-- stephanie simon wrote a much discussed story. the obama administration has supported teacher evaluation. are there particular points that have been surprising or more severe? >> there is a reality. in one of your articles, he came to some of the same conclusions. it is hard. it is hard in a state like connecticut that had taken a backseat on reform for a long period of time. massachusetts had been on school reform for about -- their graduation rate went up at a time when ours went down by one 1.8%. we have turned that around already on the graduation rate. they have implemented a lot of things. when it comes to doing common core and making adjustments to some of the improvements, they have an easier life than we do. we are trying to do a lot more any much shorter period of time. it is not complicated because -- by not coming to the table, it is rather like freaking out on the garden hose. you want to hold people accountable. you want to to institute the core. that is a hard job. >> there is tension over nude teachers systems evaluations. metrics was a factor. i am curious how that has p
mandela. 94 dignitaries expected to honor the deceased peacemaker including president barack obama and former president george w. bush. bill clinton and jimmy carter. nasty winter weather continuing to pound the east coast, snow, ice and freezing rain responsible for some 3200 flight cancellations yesterday. another 1300 today according to flight aware. dumping snow from west virginia as far east to new jersey. three new inductees into the baseball hall of fame today. major league managers joe torre, tony larissa and bobby cox elected to enter the hall in cooperstown, new york. the three managers winning eight world series championships. induction ceremonies will be held july 27. those are your headlines, now back to lori and adam. lori: we are continuing with our wish list theories with a sweet treat for you today. the co-owner of edwards chocolatier. bring them look at during this holiday season. welcome to you. do you do your highest volume of sales this time of year? >> yes, that is right. many do their biggest volume this time of year, december everybody is out there willing t
. although the obama administration did request and employ some modest funding in the recovery act and has proposed an infrastructure bank and talked extensively and i think sincerely about the need for investment, what has been lacking has been a specific concrete proposal from either party to address infrastructure financing in america. while the political maneuvering has secured here in washington, the gap in the highway trust fund has been growing and conditions of our roads, bridges and transit systems have been deteriorating. this puts america at a competitive disadvantage, complicates the movement of goods and people and contributes to congestion and pollution. at the same time, the needs grow, the resources are in significant decline. the gas tax has not been increased since the clinton administration 20 years ago. the future prospects are even worse. demands are increasing and deferred maintenance takes its toll while we watch the bottom fall out of the highway trust fund. we've seen a slowdown in revenue due to the near collapse of the economy, a shift in driving patterns while p
a tactic of barack obama himself adopting this common core. a survey in connecticut, 72% of teachers, we are talking about literacy --e, embrace it. only two percent or three percent inc. it will lead to lower or worse results. others are not taking up position. when you have that embracing of a concept and teachers and administrators have had the time to look at what people want to inhasize, they are moving the right direction. we have seen no movement to abandon our common core. we need to hold ourselves accountable for success. >> it you think about the common core? what are the key strengths? about thenything implementation you are nervous about? >> there are fewer things but deeper. the ability to use those things we are learning successfully. whether it is in support of or inal thinking mathematics being able to answer promptly, i think that is the real strength. i think one-size-fits-all has not been working particularly well. we do it in the hopes that they will devote the rest of their to the education system. that was not working as well as it needed to on an international the
know, president obama made a call to act regarding income inequality in our nation, increasing the minimum wage, equal pay for women, and in the workplace, earl -- early childhood education and pre-k have been part of his proposal all along. i was excited to hear what he said echoed. when women succeed, america succeeds, and this is our agenda. income inequality, as he pointed eroding thely middle class, which is the backbone of our economy. earlier, a representative from kentucky talked about how it is the right thing to do to improve the health of thousands of his citizens over the next decade. he also talked about it from an economic and fiscal standpoint. 50 million dollars will be injected into kentucky's economy. it will bring $800 million to the state treasury, create 17,000 jobs and support their glad toso we were very hear what he had to say at the press event and afterward. in few areas has a lot been of greater impact than in the lives americans with chronic conditions. if you had insurance that you liked before, whatever it was, it is going to be better now because
of the republican party are determined not to give president obama a victory at any cost. and i'm just worried that this agreement will get caught up in that kind of politics. what is the role of congress has to play on this agreement? its not on the treaty. at some point i guess it will be a treaty. if that's not the case? >> i don't envision this is rarely having to be a treaty that congress is nevertheless the key because this is the difference between the european sanctions and the american sanctions created the europeans pass the executive branch is the 27 or 28 foreign ministers have a meeting and they sign onto it with a stroke of the pen sanctions are there and the sanctions are gone. none of the national legislators are involved in this process. anything that goes through the legislative process takes much more time and has flexibility and is by design created to take time to make sure there aren't any faster changes. the american sanctions or a spiders web according to the report. i think it was a very good formulation. it's very difficult to move one without moving all. and most imp
objection, the subcommittee is adjourned. president obama on jobs and the economy and income inequality. in less than hour, the head of of mayor confederation teachers speaks with reporters at the christian science monitor. walden,esentative greg on to make haitians and technology. communications and technology. >> a several live events to tell you about tomorrow morning. treasury secretary jack lew will be at the future will trust to discuss the state of financial reform. also on c-span2, members of the house and energy commerce subcommittee on energy and power will hear from energy regulatory commissioners. span330 eastern a.m. on c- we cover a hearing on unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the month. >> from age eight, betty ford, then betty [inaudible] put on skits and plays and that led to eddington, vermont where she studied at the school of dance. these are some of her notecards. no bookstworks -- where she kept cards. she carried this with her to vermont, back to grand rapids, off to new york where she studied with martha graham and work with the powers m
, as indicated in the report issued just this morning by president obama's council of economic advisers. it highlights that the current long-term unemployment rate is at least twice as high as it was at the expiration of every previous extended ui benefit program. the extraordinary circumstances continue. the report also sets out the economic impact of a failure to act. it agrees with cbo and other economists. allowing the federal ui program to expire will cost our economy at least 200,000 jobs next year because of reduced consumer demand. for this congress to ignore the national economic impact would be shortsighted. to ignore the human, the individual human impact would be coldhearted. that is not the better nation -- the better nature of our nation. i trust of this congress. thank you. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. i certainly wish this hearing were not necessary, that we were not waste with what representative levin presented to us, but i am grateful to the cochairs of the steering and policy committee for bringing us together to hear from our very special guest. i will yiel
on sunday. the associated press reports tens of thousands are expected to participate. president obama, george w. bush, bill clinton are all expected to go to south africa next week. in london, the british house of commons will pay tribute to the leader on monday. david cameron is one of the expected speakers. we will have that live at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span2. ate remarks from john kerry the form which is hosted every year at the brookings institution. it focuses on u.s./israel relations and challenges in the middle east. yearss a look at his 10 so far at the state department and the overall foreign-policy challenges that the obama administration faces. we will show all we can. is the policy director to talk about foreign policy challenges. welcome. they are reporting that they are talking about details. you concerns about the deal overall? guest: they are working out the devils of this plan. this is a line is deal we could have done a lot better. under that deal, the united states is starting to dismantle international sanctions. iran is not dismantling a single centrifuge. it is
. after that, president obama on jobs, the economy, and income inequality. several live events tomorrow morning. treasury secretary jack lew will be discussing the state of financial reform on c-span two at 8:45 eastern. a.m., marissa of the house energy and committee subcommittee on energy and power will hear from federal energy regulatory commissioners. eastern later at 10:30 on c-span three, a democratic hearing onmmittee unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of the month. as you walk in, there are tables in front with lots of pamphlets. prior to entering the gun show. the pamphlets are how the government is trying to take away your rights to own guns and obama is doing this and obamacare is terrible. those were the guys i wanted to talk to because they were the guys with the leaflets, the ideas. i said to them, is this your stuff? they said, who are you? pedantic -- i am an academic researcher doing research on these organizations and ideas, trying to understand these, and i study men who believe this stuff. and they looked at me suspiciously and said, sort of aske
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